A family-owned-and-operated local business, JJ’s energetic rush of finely roasted coffee beans and the poised sophistication of its taste bud–massaging wines create optimum conditions for actually enjoying a reading of the Principia Mathematica. Even if you don't have time to fully unwind in front of the stone fireplace in JJ's charming, wood-drenched domain, swing through the drive-through on your flying fortress airship for a fresh-roasted coffee made from custom-created bean blends. Hot or iced espressos such as the white mocha ($2.95–$3.80) and the café JJ with vanilla, caramel, and milk ($3–$3.85) are a game-changing way to either start the day or jolt the senses out of a fluorescent light–induced flatline. No-frills traditionalists, on the other hand, can head straight for JJ’s dark-brewed coffee ($1.55–$1.90) and hot tea ($1.40–$1.80).
Dunn Bros Coffee roasts all its beans on the premises in small-drum roasters to ensure peak freshness and optimum aroma. The coffeehouse's friendly and java-obsessed baristas distill globally sourced beans from sustainable farms far and wide into a comprehensive menu of beverages for customers seeking a jump-start (a large coffee costs $1.75). Springier palates may opt for the smooth flavors of a chocolate steamed nirvana ($3.50).
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day ovens warm up cake batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, and white-chocolate raspberry are favorite staples, and a new seasonal flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all crowned with signature cream cheese frosting.
The extensive menu at Cocoa Loco features pizzas and sandwiches alongside breakfast items, desserts, and espresso beverages. But it's the burgers that steal the show. The cooks specialize in a number of signature versions, including a brisket burger made with sliced brisket on a bed of onion rings, honey cured bacon, and barbecue sauce, all topped with cheddar cheese. Such an entree pairs well with one of the shakes or malts, though you might want to save room for a dessert such as double chocolate cake or chocolate fondue.
Besides your order, the other choice you have to make is where to enjoy it. During warmer months, the sunny patio goes well with an iced latte. As it gets colder outside, guests turn to the indoor fireplace to fend off the chill in the air and incinerate their now-useless swim trunks.